chance-fields, an essay on the topology of randomness = chance-felder ...

catalogue number: hdv 1973.081.2
date created: 1973
classification: editions & publications
work type: artist's publication
medium: book with 70 pages, bound in paper cover; 25 drawings with rectangles drawn (by susanne jacob de vries) with at random selected size and place; the drawings are divided in 5 series, each with 1, 2, 3, 5 or 10 rectangles; at the end of each series the program used is indicated and the number of possibilities is calculated (calculations by Michael Hebert, Frankfurt am Main); postface by Wolf Wezel (in the form of a poem); the text 'to be all' is stamped in red ink on the reverse of the back of the cover
dimensions: 23.7 × 24 × 0.8 cm
signature and inscriptions: uninscribed
edition: 1000, with 50 signed and 10 including original drawing
published by edition.e (Wolfgang Waßermann ed.) : Dinkelscherben 1973
printed by Siebdruck Daeschinger : Augsburg
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from these years of transition, chance-fields chance-felder draws the final conclusion. it represents a turning point, to which herman de vries attaches the greatest importance. [herman de vries writes in english: "the results of this research still makes me wondering after all these years." (p. 16 of an unpublished manuscript dedicated to the books that have been the most important to him)] the book holds a selection of abstract drawings accomponied by mathematical formulae that allowed a choice between a great number of other possibilities. but herman de vries writes: "in fact, it is more an essay on the endlessness of chance. the numbers that are calculated for the amount of possibilities in these pages are overastronomic." [herman de vries in a letter to the author, november 7, 1996] the very expression of 'chance-fields' originates from contemporary physics and it expresses a new concept of causality.

the relation between cause and effect is no longer understood as linear, irreversible and simple, but is characterized by reciprocity (feed-back), reversibility and complexity. by bringing into question the so-called intangible principles of classical physics and metaphysics (principle of contradiction and principle of causality) the most recent science seems to acknowledge the intuitions of buddhist thought which favours a non-dualistic, non-binary unfixed understanding of nature with its infinite manifoldness and constant movement.

Source: Anne Moeglin-Delcroix, 'beyond language', in herman de vries. les livres & les publications (Cdla : Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche 2005) 35

published references
catalogue raisonné herman de vries. les livres et les publications : catalogue raisonné / textes de herman de vries, Anne Moeglin-Delcroix, Didier Mathieu (Centre des livres d'artistes : Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche 2005) no image repr., 114 (catalogue number 19).